Sharing an adoration for vintage keyboards and the technicolor musicals of French film director Jacques Demy ("The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", "The Young Girls of Rochefort"), they started writing the songs that would make up 1998's Music For Beginners EP (Top Quality). Its breezy pop sensibility soon captured the hearts of indie-pop fans across the country as evidenced by selling nearly every copy of the EP within months of its release.
David Newton, a long time friend of the band and former member of Sire/Reprise artists, "The Mighty Lemon Drops", produced four tracks for the band in November 1998 with David, Emily and drummer, Aaron Ryder. When new bass player, Lora Paelicke, joined in January of 99, they recorded three more tracks and began rehearsing for a tour. Since Fonda's new material (written by Cook and Klotz) was layered with more complex arrangements, Newton joined to play additional guitar. After playing a well-received showcase at the 1999 SXSW festival, Fonda finally locked themselves in a studio to finish recording their first full length, THE INVISIBLE GIRL.
THE INVISIBLE GIRL is the soundtrack to a rainy day filled with tales of sad break-ups ("Mr. & Mrs."), dreamy crush stories ("The People We Are") and lonely trips to outer space ("We Fear Change"). Angular bursts of pop, spangled up melodies, the buzz of vintage organs and layers of chiming guitars highlight Emily Cook's angelic, yet snarly, vocals. From jangly love songs to spirited tracks like "Forever and Never" which collapses into a wash of piercing noise and feedback, THE INVIS
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